Exotic Ideas for Sustainable Flooring

Maybe you’ve heard about the benefits to the environment that sustainable flooring provides. Bamboo is a popular option because it’s quick to reach harvesting age and is just as durable as many hardwoods. However, you needn’t be limited to bamboo. There are many other exotic options for sustainable flooring that are still suited to green living.

bamboo building materialsJust to fill you in, sustainable flooring comes from renewable sources. Not only are the sources renewable, but they are also harvested responsibly and have a long life cycle. Responsible harvesting ensures that the entire farm isn’t wiped out from harvest. Long life cycle ensures that the material being used won’t need to be replaced often, letting the majority of the harvest go towards new buyers.


Cork is actually made from the bark of the cork oak tree, so it is highly renewable if harvested properly. Cork is a unique form of flooring since it gives a little when you walk on it. Thus, it is more supportive. It’s also very resilient as it almost completely springs back to its original volume after being compressed. It is a good insulator of both heat and sound. Cork is not good for kitchens or bathrooms as it tends to absorb water. Also, you will need to take precautions in installation. If you aren’t laying it on a perfectly smooth base, then imperfections will be visible. All in all, cork is an affordable and unique choice should you choose to go that route.


Grown throughout South America, lyptus is a hybrid of two types of eucalyptus trees. It grows to harvesting age in a remarkably short time of 15 years, 5-10 times faster than many other hardwoods. The growers of the lyptus tree say it most closely resembles mahogany or cherry. It can be dyed, but it is susceptible to growing darker over time if exposed to sunlight. Lyptus is heavier than other hardwoods, but it is also much sturdier. Whether you’re looking for a low price, good looks, durability, or sustainability lyptus is a great option for exotic sustainable flooring in your green home.

Coconut Wood

Coconut is another quick-growing tree. It reaches maturity in only 6 years! While this might make it seem like coconut wood would be in great supply, coconut trees are used for something else: growing coconuts. So even though they CAN be harvested after 6 years, most people wait to cut them down until after they are finished producing coconuts some 80 years later. Coconut wood comes in a wide variety of shades and density. High quality coconut is darker and harder, but you’ll end up paying for it.

Strandwoven Bamboo

Want the look of exotic hardwoods but aren’t willing to compromise your eco-friendly standards? Consider Strandwoven bamboo. The makers of Strandwoven bamboo take bamboo fibers and mold them together and dye them to make them look like genuine (sometimes unsustainable) exotic hardwoods. If you’re looking for hardwood, this is definitely a new option to consider.

Green living is a choice, but that shouldn’t mean giving up on style on personality. By choosing sustainable flooring, you’ve reduced your carbon footprint; by choosing one of these exotic wood floors you’ve shown that “green” can be any color you want.

Source: Lux Spaces

Brightfields Coconut Palm Wood Premium Decking

cocowood deckingCoconut Palm Woods’ characteristic deep brown and black flecks give it a lovely unique and rustic appearance. It is as hard as Teak wood, competitively priced and generally stable in all outdoor conditions.

Coconut Palm Wood is harvested from retired coconut palm trees that are over sixty years old. For every tree that is harvested, two new trees are planted, thus ensuring sustainable ecologies for generations to come.

Coconut wood has many unique qualities: with its striking grain and lack of knots, it is well suited to a range of applications, especially around pools, sundecks, patio areas and balconies. Coconut Palm Wood decking will last for more than 25 years.

Finish decking with deck oil for protection they need to resist and repel the elements.

Brightfields also supply high quality strand woven bamboo flooring as well as other natural, eco-friendly products made from bamboo, seagrass, sisal, mountain grass and coconut wood (or ‘coco wood’).  Contact Brightfields for a personalised quote, email alistair@brightfields.co.za.  Retailers for Brightfields products required in Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

Source: Brightfields Natural Trading Company

Using natural, sustainable building and decor materials should go hand-in-hand with other eco-friendly systems such as water conservation devices and renewable energy.  With the increasing uncertainty of municipal water supply and unpredictable climate patterns in South Africa, it is also wise to ensure that you have adequate water storage facilities.  JoJo Tanks are the affordable, quality choice for water tanks and water tank stands in South Africa.  Contact us for a free quote.

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